President Barack Obama agreed to hand over British nuclear secrets to the Russians in order to convince them to agree to the New START treaty, according to documents released by Wikileaks. The Telegraph reports:
Information about every Trident missile the US supplies to Britain will be given to Russia as part of an arms control deal signed by President Barack Obama next week.
Defence analysts claim the agreement risks undermining Britain’s policy of refusing to confirm the exact size of its nuclear arsenal.
The fact that the Americans used British nuclear secrets as a bargaining chip also sheds new light on the so-called “special relationship”, which is shown often to be a one-sided affair by US diplomatic communications obtained by the WikiLeaks website.
Classified transmissions between U.S. negotiators and Washington show that betraying the British was key to securing Russian support for the START treaty, which limits the ability of the United States to defend itself while allowing the Russians to continue stockpiling nuclear weapons.
In fact, Obama’s team asked London in 2009 to willingly hand over British nuclear secrets to the Russians. When London refused, Obama handed over information the U.S. possessed about our ally’s nuclear program.
No one should be surprised by the Obama Administration’s lack of interest in the Angl0-American special relationship. Whether it’s giving the Prime Minister a set of 25 DVDs that don’t work, giving back a bust of Winston Churchill, or disregarding protocol while visiting Her Majesty, the Obama Administration has been kicking the UK since day one.